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The media circus in Sandy Hook Center

December 15th, 2012 at 02:00 pm

UPDATE: Saturday afternoon I saw 5 large helicopters in the sky near my house. At first I thought they were news helicopters but I quickly saw they weren't normal helicopters; they were those hotdog-shaped helicopters used by the military (or Airforce One). They seemed to be traveling west directly above Rt. 25 and then veered to the north (toward Sandy Hook) at the flagpole.

We didn't learn that President Obama would be visiting my town until last night, but my friend said what I saw was a security detail meant to scope out the route in advance. However, news reports have indicated the President will arrive at Bradley International Airport in Hartford. I guess if he is then driven to My town (a good hour-long drive from the airport), then the security issues still need to be worked out.

It was an impressive sight.

I have also heard that the superintendent of schools has hinted that Sandy Hook School may never reopen. This, after I received a robo call last night from our town's first selectman saying that all schools in my town will be closed Monday and then all except Sandy Hook School will reopen on Tuesday.

If I were a parent, I would want that school razed to the ground. How could any parent feel good about sending their children back there? Although budget votes are always contentious battles here that pit seniors and frugal-minded folks against school supports, I suspect that if the subject of building a new elementary school comes up to a vote this spring, it will pass, easily.

Original Post:
The national news media has descended on our little town. As you approach Sandy Hook Center, which resembles a small hamlet, it's bumper to bumper traffic, and cars with lots of out of state plates are lined up parked on both sides of the road.

Satellite trucks are everywhere, TV crews and reporters are interviewing people on the streets, cops still have the road leading to the school blocked off to traffic, but they're allowing people to go to the firehouse (not sure about the school) on foot.

It's a very small and picturesque little Center. Historic 18th century homes line Church Hill Road as it descends down a hill toward the traffic light. There's a liquor store, Figs Restaurant, a Subway, a diner, St. John's Episcopal Church, the Demitassee coffee shop and a few other stores. There's the Pootatuck River that meanders through the Center, behind all the stores, and you can enjoy a lovely view if you sit on the back deck of the coffee shop. The sidewalks are brick, and the merchants have been working for years to revitalize the area.

People are out walking with bouquets of flowers and impromptu memorials filled with votive candles are all over town. Someone bought 20 Christmas trees, 1 for each child, and set them up. Saturday mass at St. Rose is packed right now.

A man was standing just off the interstate exit holding a sign that indicated he was from some town in NJ and that they support us. Other signs just said "Say a prayer." You can tell who the press is becus for some reason they all seem to dress in all black. It's all very sad.

I heard a few reports that the shooter was some sort of troubled genius, which makes me very angry. They shouldn't be turning him into any kind of figure that others would emulate or we'll have copy cat killers who harbor sick fantasies about becoming famous before they go out. Obviously this was a sick individual. No one in their right mind would hurt an innocent child.

I am sure that most people who live near the Center are hunkering down this weekend because you cannot venture out without getting stuck in bumper to bumper traffic. We saw a few familiar news faces out there.

Now that it is dark, I'm sure the disparity of festive Christmas lights and greenery on all the shops and homes down there is going to feel so unsettling against the backdrop of what happened.

It's hard to go about my normal routine. Although I don't personally know anyone with children in that school, I feel so distracted by the enormity of what happened, and I know that Christmas will never be the same for so many people.

7 Responses to “The media circus in Sandy Hook Center”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I hope you can find peace within the grief. ((Hugs))

  2. Tightwad Kitty Says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with your little town at this time! [[[HUGS]]]

  3. mamasita Says:

    I know that this tragedy has forever changed so many, especially those so close. I am heart broken by this, words can't express. Know that your town has the prayers and thoughts of so many who care.

  4. starfishy Says:

    this news is unbearable to watch from afar, can't even imagine what it's like for you to be in the same town. ((hugs)) i don't have children, but can not imagine sending little kids back to the scene of that horrific crime.

  5. dmontngrey Says:

    I have a friend in CT who found out today that the family she bought her house from lost their son. They moved there because of the great school system. So very sad.

  6. EarlyRetirementJoy Says:

    I hope you can feel the emotions of the entire nation as being with you. We are all stunned, heart broken, over the senseless loss of so many.

    I was moved tremendously by tonight's televised service, particularly the thoughts expressed by your first selectman, the governor and by President Obama. I hope it brought you and others in your town some measure of comfort.

  7. CB in the City Says:

    I am so sorry this happened in your town. Of course, I am so sorry it happened anywhere. I grieve for the parents of those beautiful young children, and for all the families involved. I do hope they raze the school.

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